Baalveer actress Class of 2020 actress Joyita Chatterjee is all praise for Tokyo Olympics gold medalist Neeraj Chopra. “I got to know about Neeraj Chopra after he won at the Olympics. Then I started observing him. It’s not about fame. I know that every actor was praising him. Right from Kiara Advani to the girl-next-door, everyone was praising him. I didn’t realize that I would fall for him. I was just watching his interviews and wondering who this guy was who had suddenly become the heartthrob and the most eligible bachelor,” she said.
“When I started seeing his videos, I realized that the guy had a different kind of simplicity. Even though he has achieved so much in life, his feet are still on the ground. He doesn’t fake an accent and makes use of the wrong English. He accepts the way he is and I love how he treats women. I have seen female fans falling for him and I see the way he just joins hands and very sweetly gets away. In today’s day and age where sex is so easily available and things are so out there, a guy like Neeraj made my heart melt. If not me then whoever gets him is going to be the luckiest girl because he is a keeper,” she added.
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She likes everything about the athlete. “He is so different that it just draws me towards him. I feel there is a magnetic kind of attraction. It just pulls me towards him. I have found so many videos of his fan clubs on Instagram where he is doing desi dance at someone’s wedding. He has made India proud and that is one aspect that we should not forget. There are so many celebrities that follow him and he doesn’t follow so many of them back and I am like, ‘I love this attitude’,” she said.
“I have decided that I will not go out with an actor because I want to live a simple life, and Neeraj has all the traits of an ideal guy,” she added. She hasn’t thought what she would do if she gets to meet him. “I don’t know when he will be in front of me. I might just get nervous. I have no idea. I have no idea what the hell I am going to do, so I just don’t want to think. Let that day come in my life,” she said.
She grew up watching Yash Raj and Dharma movies and being a ’90s kid, she loves old-school romance. “I would still prefer a handwritten letter or a note over a text or something fancy. Those emotions can’t be replaced and today there is a dearth of such kind of men. It’s more of an emotion than the materialistic aspect, and I find that cute and romantic,” she said.
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Her take on dating is something that a lot of millennials and Gen-Z would not relate to. “I personally believe that if you truly love a person then you should date and get to know and eventually get married. However, in today’s day and age, they have changed the concept of dating into friends with benefits and so on which I don’t understand. For me, dating is more of a first step towards your relationship where two people who are interested in each other get to know each other and figure out if they have a future together or not,” she said.
Falling in love is something which just happens, she feels. “I fell in love with people whom I haven’t dated, but I have liked them because I have observed their actions. It’s not necessary that you need to date to fall in love. It just happens. If you think and evaluate and then call it love then you might as well say, woh pyaar me sauda nhi toh vo sauda ho jata hai. Love is pure love and can’t be forced,” she said.